Rep. Rashida Tlaib says she plans to file impeachment resolution

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., announced Wednesday her plans to file a resolution to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

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Tlaib, a frequent Trump critic who infamously said after her January swearing-in ceremony in Washington that “we’re going to impeach the (expletive),” made the announcement Wednesday morning.

"Later on this month, I will be joining folks and advocates across the country to file the impeachment resolution to start the impeachment proceedings," Tlaib said, according to CNN.

The news network noted that in the current climate, Tlaib’s resolution is unlikely to gain much traction. Democratic leaders have consistently urged patience in regard to starting impeachment proceedings as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation continues into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to Trump and his campaign.

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"I think every single colleague of mine agrees there's impeachable offenses," Tlaib said Wednesday, according to The Detroit News. "That's one thing that we all agree on. We may disagree on the pace. We may disagree that we have to wait for certain hearings, but at the same time I think they all know the dangers of allowing President Trump to continue to violate our United States Constitution."

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Tlaib's resolution won't be the first to call for Trump's impeachment.

Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., introduced articles of impeachment in January, on the first day of the new Congress, according to The Hill.

A half-dozen Democrats filed articles of impeachment against Trump in November 2017, claiming, among other things, that the president obstructed justice in connection with the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and connections to Trump presidential campaign officials; and that he has undermined the federal judiciary and the freedom of the press.

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White House officials have previously dismissed talk of impeachment.

"The only reason they want to come after this president is because they know they can't beat him," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN in January. "They can't beat him when it comes to a policy debate, and they're not going to beat him when it comes to 2020."

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